A few weeks ago, I was pulling out of my subdivision, when I noticed two women standing next to their car. I pulled over and noticed they had a flat tire. God prompted me to help. I quickly learned they barely spoke English. It was obvious the driver had shredded the tire on a curb. Upon opening the trunk and inspecting the spare, I saw this was not the first time she had done such a thing. I know a little Spanish. I can order coffee and a donut. I can ask about the bathroom. I was able to let her know I was going to help, so I took the tire and the spare and headed to Walmart. It was a busy day at the Walmart tire store and the 15 minutes I thought it would take turned into two hours. As I waited, part of me wondered, “Are they here legally?” “Does she have a valid driver’s license?” “Is this the right thing to do?” I don’t like this side of me. I came to the conclusion that none of this matters, we live in a broken world and God had prompted me to pull over and help. He leads, I follow, this has been the deal for a long time.
When I returned, the car was still there. The trunk was open but the women were gone. There was a note, written in Spanish, on the window. Luckily, I have an app for that. The note explained one of the women had to go and babysit, so someone had picked them up. They thanked me for the tires and wrote “May God Bless You.” I threw the spare into the trunk, mounted the other tire and tightened everything up. Last, I put the jack in the trunk, locked the car and decided not to leave a note. David Robinson was a witness to this event. Thank you David, for your willingness to help.
To bless, from a scriptural point of view, is to will and want good for another person. In the Bible, it is a verb. In our culture, it is a noun. We tend to think of the things we have as blessings. “This house is a blessing.” “This car is a blessing.” “This job is a blessing.” “My family is a blessing.” The blessing of God or the favor of God is the way of relating to others. It is a wanting what is good and right for someone else.
When we talk about the blessings of God, we are really talking about the favor of God. It is not just the favor of God for us, it is also the favor of God through us. We are called to bless one another. Sometimes, that means blessing a stranger. The money I used was not my own. It was a blessing, a gift for preforming a wedding for the Brown family in our church. It had been in my glove box for weeks. I believe it was an expression of God’s good will and trust. God knew just how it would be used. He knows me well. Again, He leads, I follow, it has been this way for a long time.
Last, I want each of you to know how much love I have for this church. You have taken the “Different Kind of Christmas” sermon series, to heart and responded with an outpouring of love and generosity. Your response to ALL of our Holiday Giving ministries and programs has been amazing. In fact, we just had an interview today with the Gwinnett Daily Post. They will be running a story about how this congregation has reached out with the love of Christ this Christmas to support over 35 families through donations to the Secret Servant ministry. The article will appear on the front page Christmas Day.
Your support of the Secret Servant ministry touches my heart dearly. It reminds me of Christmas 1965. I was five years old. We had a silver Christmas tree and a three-color light wheel. On Christmas morning there were no presents. My father, Leon Davis, had left us in September for a woman that would become his 4th wife. My mom was a single mom, with a 4month old baby and 3 other children. We had nothing. Christmas morning came and there were no presents. My mom explained Santa was overwhelmed this Christmas but promised to make it up to us next year. We bought it. What choice did we have? I remember feeling worthless. This is the culture we live in – your worth is measured in what you have.
I have grown up. I’ve seen poverty in places like Honduras that make Christmas 1965 look opulent. I have come to know that real value isn’t in what we have, but in what we do for God and in what God does through us. So, I claim Isaiah 66:2 and I thank you for your AMAZING generosity to those forgotten.
“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2